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Puerto Rico had urged the First Circuit in June to roll back Wal-Mart's lawsuit against the tax, arguing that the retail giant's claims of financial hardship were overblown, speculative and without standing. (Credit: AP)

1st Circ. Sides With Wal-Mart In Puerto Rico Tax Fight

The First Circuit on Wednesday handed a win to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in its fight against an amended Puerto Rico tax law that allegedly affects only the megaretailer, agreeing with a district court that the tax is clearly “discriminatory” and affirming a permanent injunction on its enforcement.

  • Fairchild Still On The Hook For $140M Award, Judge Says

    A California federal court on Wednesday shut down a bid for a new trial and let stand a $140 million jury award against Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for patent infringement, saying the company didn't even try to show how Power Integrations Inc.’s evidence was either unreliable or insufficient.

  • Michelin, Takata Win $80M Rollover Crash Suit In Fla. Trial

    A Florida jury on Wednesday afternoon cleared Michelin and Takata in an $80 million suit that alleged a defective tire and seat belt caused catastrophic injuries in a 2009 rollover crash of a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

  • 2nd. Circ. Affirms BlackBerry Win But Gives Investors Hope

    The Second Circuit affirmed on Wednesday that BlackBerry Ltd. and its executives had beaten a suit claiming they hid the bleak outlook for the company's Z10 device, but ordered a Manhattan federal judge to reconsider the investors' bid to refile with new evidence.

  • Backpay Formula For Axed Workers Revised By NLRB

    The National Labor Relations Board voted 3-1 on Wednesday to revise its backpay formula for compensating workers found to have been unlawfully terminated, ordering a division of supermarket giant Kroger Co. to pay for a former employee’s interim-employment and search-for-work expenses.

  • Cruise Ship Trumpeter Must Arbitrate Claims, 11th Circ. Says

    A seaman who worked in international waters on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship must bring his employment dispute through international arbitration even though he is a U.S. citizen and the ship is based in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • Agencies Issue Final Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Rule

    The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday issued a final rule and related guidance implementing the contentious Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which has drawn significant criticism from federal contractors.



Exxon Global Warming Fight Opens New Frontier For Corporate Speech

By Ed Beeson

The oil giant’s use of the First Amendment in a bid to block government investigations into its statements about climate change is pushing the concept of corporate free speech into new territory.